I try not to be that “Technically…” person too much, since it tends to irk people and it seems you have a point to make, where my “Technically…” would just distract.
Don’t ask me why I feel compelled to respond after all this time, I guess it still irks me a little. Yes, I noticed the story tagged “fiction” was about road maintenance. I noticed the moment I made the screen cap. I know what happened, and it seemed irrelevant to my point at the time.
What happened was a case of miss-tagging. This happens quite a lot on Medium, usually when writers don’t bother with tags at all and just use whatever Medium puts in there. The “fiction” tag happens a lot when the program has no clue what else to call it. I suppose there’s a list of keywords that generate a tag, and when none are used “fiction” gets put up there.
But that’s an issue that, as a follower of the “fiction” tag, I’ve been dealing with before membership and would still be dealing with had I opted not to join the membership. Correct tagging was not the point I was trying to make.
The point I was trying to make, was that there is for me a section specially for the tags I follow, and I will get anything tagged “fiction” and “short story” (and all others) in a place. These are stories not by writers I follow, nor recommended by writers I follow, which makes for some delightful new discovery and that was exactly what I was being asked about.
Just for the record, most stories tagged in fiction are in fact fiction. The point I was making was how easy it is for me to now go to a place in my Medium account where I can find fiction from people I did not come across before. To me it is much easier than it used to be before the new home page.